Category Archives: family history

Visit of King Edward VII to Milton Abbey, 1909

Here is a view of the beaters for the shoot. does anyone have relatives who were estate workers at Milton Abbey in 1909. It would be good if we could recognise any of these men.  

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Fanny Burney on Milton Abbey

Fanny Burney on Milton Abbey Frances Burney – Madam D’Arblay visited Milton Abbey and Milton Abbas in 1791. She was not too impressed by Lord Milton’s new “town”. This is one of the very few contemporary comments. It is a … Continue reading

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The Tale of Milton Abbas, Richeldis Wansbrough

Now here’s a useful little book. It is still available if you know where to look. The references aren’t very good and some of the information may be hearsay.

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Promotion Leaflet

The Milton Abbas Local History Group promotion leaflet is now available in our local area. It will be available at our exhibit at the Street Fair.

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Hutchins’ History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset

Hutchins’ ‘History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset’ Author Rev. John Hutchins, curate at Milton Abbey. Published in 3 Editions: 1st Ed, 1774, 2 Vols, Milton Abbas Vol 2, pages 430 – 448. 19 pages 2nd Ed, 1796 – 1815, … Continue reading

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Parish Registers of Milton Abbas

Parish Registers of Milton Abbas Parish registers in England were first kept in 1538, recording details of baptisms (not births) marriages and burials (not deaths). However the earliest surviving examples are those entered into the new books as ordered in … Continue reading

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View of the Street

  A lovely view of The Street of Milton Abbas nestled in its valley. Unfortunately this is not how Capability Brown intended it. It was meant to be much more open with a clear view from this spot across the … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxons

There is precious little evidence that Milton Abbas was occupied in Anglo-Saxon times, but this is one fragment that is definitely of this period. It was in the Abbey with the other stone fragments. I’m not sure where it is … Continue reading

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Protestation Returns 1641/2

We already have the list of 136 names in Milton Abbas because they were printed in a book edited by Edward Alexander Fry, Dorset Records Vol 12, available for free download at http://www.archive.org, but now images of the original two … Continue reading

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17th and 18th Century spelling

After transcribing the Churchwardens, and Overseers of the Poor books the spelling and language are of interest – there was no dictionary to standardise spelling – so people just wrote as they heard and spoke; there are words which the … Continue reading

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